A wave seems to be building against Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). It’s happened slowly, but is much more obvious this time around than in previous leadership votes. In fact, while opposition among conservatives in the GOP has been apparent, we’ve now had our first two defections of previous Boehner supporters.
Iowa Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) have both decided that they cannot support Boehner for another term as Speaker of the House. They join conservatives Ted Yoho, Jim Bridenstine, Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, Louie Gohmert as some of the first members of the GOP to officially announce their decisions to vote against Boehner.
Here’s what Rep. Gosar had to say about his decision.
“My vote will reflect not just my convictions but the will of so many across the nation,” his release declared. “Since coming to D.C. in 2011, I have attended hearings, briefings and meetings about the serious problems facing our country. I travel home to my district every week and I have listened to the people and their concerns. The common theme wherever I go is that we can’t just keep doing things the way they ‘always’ have been done. We can’t continue to operate with a lack of transparency and with a blind eye to the will of the people.”
Gosar voted for Boehner in 2013. But he won’t this time. “America needs bold leadership from the House of Representatives that breaks from the status quo and embraces an open and transparent legislative process,” he writes. “Our country deserves getting back to regular order and holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. This will require courage, not fear. It is time for leadership that will stand up for America and the Constitution.”
Rep. King, who has become very popular with the grassroots thanks in large part to his activism on immigration issues, wrote an op-ed for Breitbart’s Big Government explaining his decision.
Conservatives have seen their initiatives blocked by the Speaker while he twisted arms for Obama. Our national debt is over $18 trillion. ObamaCare is fully funded. Obama’s executive amnesty is fully funded until February 27 without leverage to block the president’s lawless immigration policy thereafter. Constitutional conservative’s efforts to defend and restore the Constitutional authority of Congress are blocked by the Speaker.
On January 6, 2015, I will take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;… I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me, God.”
Then, I will be asked to put up a vote for John Boehner for Speaker. I know the pattern of his strategy and actions for the past 12 years to the point where I can predict the results. I am convinced Congress will not be allowed to restore its Constitutional authority under his Speakership and by refusing to do so, cannot call upon the courts to do so. How then, can I take an oath to the Constitution and put up a vote for John Boehner, almost in the same breath?
We need a Speaker who will help us all keep our oath, including his own, to the Constitution, not one who has consistently blocked our efforts to keep ours. I will vote for an alternative candidate for Speaker. I can’t vote for John Boehner again.
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